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Best practices for installing adhered concrete masonry veneer (ACMV)—which sometimes goes by the names “manufactured stone, “lick and stick,” “cultured stone,” and” faux stone” straight from JLC Field Guide. To avoid moisture problems, it must be detailed like stucco. Here are some of the critical details needed to avoid problems. Visit the original post for the larger view and full field guide. Credit JLC© 2016

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Over the past few months we have published certain materials comparing HydroGap drainable housewrap to the Kimberly Clark Block-IT® drainable housewrap. Some parts of it could have been susceptible of being taken out of context and misinterpreted. Those statements have been removed. Kimberly-Clark’s Block-IT® drainable housewrap exceeds all requirements for a drainable wrap and passes ASTM E2273.

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Action News Philadelphia investigative team Troubleshoots has been reporting on the growing construction crisis in the Tri-State area for over 3 years. This latest story involves homeowners that are facing major mold and moisture issues with very prominent builders in the area due to defective or incorrect installation techniques. Previous reports by Troubleshooters has investigated issues specifically with stucco homes, but have now found issues with homes including those built with vinyl,...

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Water gets into buildings. It’s an indisputable reality. The effects of inward driven moisture can wreak havoc on the structural integrity, durability and longevity of any building. The aftermath leaves homeowners and property managers struggling to fix problems including rot, mold and mildew. For architects and builders, failing to identify these potential risks and specify solutions to mitigate them can become a significant issue in renovation, as well as in litigation. The marketplace is...

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Open joint rainscreen cladding is a growing trend in exterior facades. The design concept relies on the performance benefits of a rainscreen, which is a gap behind cladding that facilitates drainage and drying. The open joint allows some incidental water to enter the rainscreen gap, but also promotes enhanced airflow to increase the drying rate. This creates a low-risk wall assembly to the potential damaging effects of moisture. The downside of the open joint design is that areas of the...

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​Moisture is the number one cause of exterior wall damage. Drainage is widely accepted as one of the most effective measures for reducing moisture damage due to rain penetration. Drainage is a critical component in allowing the housewrap to do its job – particularly in keeping walls dry. According to a study by John Straube and Jonathan Smegal of Building Science Corporation, a 1mm drainage gap “will drain water at a rate considerably greater than rainwater is expected to penetrate behind...

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​A rainscreen system, such as our Slicker family, was designed for regions of the country prone to wind-driven rain, excessive amounts of rainfall, or high temperature and humidity. Wind-driven rain from the outside and moisture vapor from the home’s interior, often remain trapped in the sidewall assembly. Left alone, this moisture can promote the growth of mold and undermine the structural integrity of the wall. For wet and/or humid climates, coastal areas and hilltop exposures...

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Yes, you can use Cedar Breather for side wall applications under your siding material. Similar to our Slicker Rainscreen, Cedar Breather maintains a 1/4” gap to promote airflow and ventilation. The difference between Slicker and Cedar Breather resides in the color and manufacturing process. Slicker is yellow and contains vertical channels designed to promote drainage. Cedar Breather is black and has a conical shape pattern to promote circulation under cedar roofing materials. Depending...

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Slicker products are faster and easier to install, cutting labor costs. Slicker products provide a continuous vented airspace over the entire surface area of the wall, providing greater drainage and more effective drying than wood strapping which only vents approximately 85% of the wall. (1x3 strapping installed 16 inches on center leaves 15% of the wall unventilated.) Unlike wood furring that is subject to saturation and decomposition in a relatively short period of time, Slicker...

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The main difference between HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and Slicker Classic rainscreen is the size of the gap that each provides. Both allow water to drain, but Slicker Rainscreen offers ventilation that promotes drying. Slicker Classic is a true rainscreen, meaning that it provides a 1/4-inch (6mm) gap between the sheathing and the cladding. This 1/4-inch gap provides for both drainage AND continuous airflow (drying). Slicker Classic by itself does not act as a WRB (water-resistive...

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A drainable housewrap, like HydroGap, incorporates both a water-resistive layer and a drainage gap, greatly facilitating water drainage from behind the exterior siding. Unlike typical housewraps, which provide only a water-resistive layer and can trap water behind siding, drainable housewraps provide a continuous drainage gap that allows water to quickly escape from the wall system, protecting the building enclosure. There is growing recognition that walls systems need to drain, and...

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May 18
2016

What is a Rainscreen?

A rainscreen, like our Slicker products, is essentially a 1/4-to-3/4-inch air gap built in-between the the exterior siding and sheathing of a wall assembly. When combined with a WRB, a rainscreen is designed to reduce the forces that draw water into the your sheathing. Water that does reach the back of the cladding is permitted to drain from the wall assembly via the space created by the rainscreen. A rainscreen offers accelerated drying of water vapor that accumulates in-between the siding...

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​Many homes are improperly or inadequately ventilated even when some form of ventilation is installed. Signs of improper ventilation include: Damp insulation Unnaturally dark or discolored decking Dark streaks on roof boards around nails Orange resin beads on rafters signaling sweating wood Moisture on roof boards & rafters Crumbling, curled roof shingles Adequate roof venting, properly installed helps pull fresh air into the attic and pushes heat and...

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While stucco problems occur for multiple reasons, the issues are mostly moisture related. Problems with stucco are also more prevalent in areas of the country with higher rainfall. Considering all of its issues, stucco itself really hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s based on Portland cement just like it always has been. Problems with stucco are more prevalent in areas with higher rainfall due to its highly moisture absorbent nature. The higher the annual rainfall, the more at...

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​Venting products are normally rated with a Net Free Area (NFA). The NFA is the open area that exists for air to pass through. The key to effective venting is to balance air intake (at your eaves, soffits or fascias) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge). Ideally the NFA of the soffits should be equal or greater than that of the ridge vent and in no case should the amount of exhaust ventilation exceed the amount of intake ventilation. As a general rule, the space ventilated should have...

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Staining around the corners of windows, dark spots where a roof and wall meet and even visible cracks are indicators of possible damage. These stains are signs of where water runs on and/or within the stucco. Where you see these, there is likely moisture behind the stucco, however, it is only through a professional inspection that a subsurface problem can be confirmed. Many homes were built without proper attention to good water management details. Some were built before building codes...

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There are two solutions for stucco remediation – a partial repair or full tear off. A partial repair will focus on addressing just the worst areas identified as having damage. Examples of a partial repair include: Cutting away and removing only the stucco from the identified area Remove and replace any rotted wood that was behind the stucco Applying a new layer of stucco While this method is less costly than addressing the whole wall or house, it doesn’t solve the...

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Only a professional stucco inspector will truly be able to tell if you have a stucco related problem. Professional home inspectors focusing on stucco know what to look for and where to look for it. Here is an overview of what they may do: Visual inspection An inspector will first walk completely around your home and look for telltale signs of moisture – mostly staining, cracks, improper flashing, and stucco running below grade. Moisture probes A method to identify the amount of...

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​For buyers, the decision to have a home inspection done is an individual decision, but is recommended. Some standard home inspectors may not be fully qualified to perform a stucco inspection on a home with stucco cladding. A separate stucco inspection is always a good idea, especially if you live in an area where stucco problems are prevalent, considering the potential high cost for repairs. While some municipalities require a home inspection before a home can be sold, we are not aware of...

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Mar 9
2016

What are ice dams?

​A major concern in prolonging and safeguarding your roof, especially in snow-belt and mountain areas, is ice damming. Ice Dams are created when melting snow freezes on the lower part of the roof, placing roof, walls, ceilings, siding, gutters and down-spouts at risk for costly structural damage. Freezing occurs because the lower part of the roof is cooler than the ridge area. A ridge vent system helps reduce the possibility of ice damming since it delivers a constant flow of air that...

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​Ridge Vent works on the basis of several principles. Adequate soffit ventilation coupled with ridge ventilation produces a pathway for a continuous airflow along the entire underside of the roof deck. Airflow is maintained two ways. First, hot air naturally rises and exits out the ridge vent, pulling in cool air from below. Second, positive airflow across the ridge of the house creates a “venturi effect”, or a negative pressure, which pulls air out of the ridge vent and brings in...

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By TotalHousehold Pro It’s no secret that social media is a powerful tool, but are you using it the right way to boost your business? If you’re not sure or if you have yet to tackle social media for your business, then now is the time to jump on board! News flash: social media IS the new word-of-mouth. Facebook is no longer a tool that just connects old classmates and friends from the past, but it’s also changed the way that we do business. In June of 2012 there were 8 million local...

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At Benjamin Obdyke we love to hear how you Build Better with our products. Recently we were contacted by Annapolis, MD homeowners, John Woodward and his wife Joy. When they re-sided their home and built an addition, they decided to use HydroGap Drainable Housewrap as part of their moisture management system under the new siding. John Woodward – owner, designer, and builder – says he’s sold on HydroGap because it’s a much stronger material, reasonably priced, and visually helps blend...

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This builder didn’t CYA, find out what happened. Building failures due to moisture issues have been a common theme in the building industry. Failures in newer buildings often stem from the use of products that lack the capabilities necessary to remove moisture from the wall assembly, causing most issues you see today. Many builders and contractors are realizing it’s better to pay a small upfront cost increase than to have to repair damage down the road. The need to incorporate...

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We are very excited to announce our newest rainscreen, Slicker HP, will be featured on the next episode of This Old House! Each season, the show chooses two different historic homes to renovate—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. Slicker HP was a key component to restoring one of the historic Victorian style homes in the Boston suburbs. Located in Belmont, Massachusetts, a northwest suburb of Boston, the 3,200 sq. ft. shingle style...

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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. In an effort to provide resources to help you Build Better, Benjamin Obdyke will periodically contract testing of our products in certain environments and in conjunction with other products on the market. This information not only helps us improve our own products and practices, but gives us important data to share with you, our customers. Recently we’ve noticed...

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By TotalHousehold PRO TotalHousehold PRO provides web design, web hosting, and management of mobile friendly websites and social media pages for contractors and home improvement professionals. In order to gain a competitive edge, your home improvement business must give consumers the peace of mind that the company and people that they’re allowing into their homes are honest and reliable. Thanks to the Internet, more and more consumers can make informed decisions about the company they...

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With two major design tours coming to LEAFHouse this fall (DesignDC - 9/25 and Greenbuild – 11/21), the board of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) has launched a much-needed exterior envelope renovation. A few years ago, foundation and chapter members visiting LEAFHouse began noticing problems with the building envelope, notably siding panels that were cracked, checked, and warped, especially on the southern exposure, some to the point of having cupped as much as an inch or...

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By TotalHousehold PRO TotalHousehold PRO provides web design, web hosting, and management of mobile friendly websites and social media pages for contractors and home improvement professionals. They’re currently offering 50% OFF web design, plus a free social media package Many home improvement businesses have successfully operated on word-of-mouth marketing for years and perhaps this strategy generates enough leads for your business. However, today word-of-mouth marketing can’t sustain...

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The Seattle construction market has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, significantly increasing jobs and new housing starts. But with less space in the area to build new projects, designers, contractors and builders must be strategic about which projects they take on. Full-scale construction of NetZero homes is an appealing option for many local builders, not only for the chance to work on a sustainable design, but for the ability to set themselves apart in the building community....

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Benjamin Obdyke is excited to announce a new partnership with TotalHousehold PRO! To kick off this new partnership, TotalHousehold PRO is offering all friends of Benjamin Obdyke $100 off the setup cost of a business website. TotalHousehold PRO Services Include: · Web Hosting & Management · Customized Content · Website Design Services · Social Media Management · Local Listing Management · Lead Management · Google & Mobile Optimization · Tracking...

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At Benjamin Obdyke, we’re passionate about protecting homes and buildings from moisture damage – and have been since 1868. Using building science as our guide, we develop solutions that allow the owner and building professional to Build Better for the long term, without breaking the bank. With a solid understanding of the differences in the roles and performance characteristics of rainscreen systems and the distinct types of water resistive barriers, making the right product selection can be...

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Introducing the all new SharpDraw 9mm Carpenter Pencil from SpeedTac. This new tool is a hybrid in design and functionality. SpeedTac has taken the common 9mm utility knife and transformed it into the most accurate and efficient carpenter pencil ever produced. It’s a pencil, not a razor that never needs to be sharpened. The wood carpenter’s pencil is an indispensable tool in the construction industry, but it has its flaws. So imagine a mechanical carpenter’s pencil that never needs...

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Our latest video from the Benjamin Obdyke test house features Slicker MAX rainscreen, formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco. Slicker MAX is one of four products in our maximum protection system along with our other rainscreens: Slicker HP, Slicker Classic and Home Slicker Plus Typar. Slicker MAX rainscreen (formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco) includes a filter fabric, providing enhanced UV and compression resistance. The fabric serves as the “sacrificial layer” in stone or stucco...

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The San Francisco area’s tidal bay, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, is home to some of the country’s most challenging weather. The bayfront village of Sausalito, California endures nightly fog, high humidity and occasional wind-blown rain that can hit buildings sideways. Preventing moisture from accumulating inside buildings and underneath windows, roofs and even siding panels is a challenging task – builders must understand how to effectively manage moisture and which building products to...

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That’s right; here at Benjamin Obdyke we’ll be shamelessly plugging our aptly named Shark Vent Ridge Vent all week during Shark Week. Our newest addition to our ridge vent line, Shark Vent offers the “best of both worlds” for contractors looking for a product with the rigidity of a sectional vent, but with the faster installation of a nail-gunnable roll. Shark Vent effectively extracts heat and moisture from residential attics with a Net Free Area (NFA) of 12in./lin.ft.2. The...

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It seems like every day there is something else out there to help make your life easier. Well how about something that makes your work life easier? There are apps for everything nowadays, but there are good amounts out there that are specifically for business and contractors in general. Professional Remodeler Magazine recently asked remodelers about the apps they use and how they use them. Some apps will show you the kinds of features they offer along with some ideas about how the right app...

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We’d like to announce our newest AIA-approved course! In an effort to provide educational resources to help you Build Better, Benjamin Obdyke has developed another AIA-approved CEU course offering. Please join us as we debut The Wide World of WRBs presented by George Caruso, Product Development Manager, on June 23rd at 12:30 EDT. The second of two AIA-approved courses, this course will help to identify and educate you on best practices and accessories for WRBs. With a lot of choices on...

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During JLC Live Northeast in March, Matt Risinger stopped by the booth to talk to George Caruso, our product development manager and tech guru, about good, better, best practices when it comes to WRBs. Check out the video below where they discuss how Benjamin Obdyke products such as HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and Slicker Family of Rainscreens help you achieve a small or large gap in your wall assembly. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Mattrisinger.com.

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OneCall Services, a full service home remodeling company based in Lewes, DE, selects HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap as a vital component of large-scale repairs to a Delaware Bay home. The project is the latest example of how local builders and remodelers are adjusting their moisture management plans to include advanced systems that can endure the nation’s most severe weather. The home needing repair is one of many in the Delaware Bay area constantly pummeled by the region’s heavy winter...

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A valuable article in this month’s ProSales Special Report by Charles Wardell addresses the importance of building durable, moisture-resistant buildings. Moisture accounts for about 80% of construction defect litigation, so while lawyers may love the stuff, no one else benefits. In the worst cases, moisture trapped in the framing assembly can lead to rot that weakens the structure and to mold growth that makes a home unlivable. Problems need not be catastrophic to cause major headaches....

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In May’s cover story of JLC, Matt Risinger shares what he’s learned as a builder about keeping water away from walls, and discusses some of the good, better, and best systems currently available which includes using HydroGap Drainable Housewrap. Building science has shown us what to do with water that leaks behind wall claddings. Proper installation of a housewrap—also known as a water-resistive barrier (WRB)—preferably with a rainscreen behind the wall cladding, enables us to build...

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Increasingly, builders, contractors and architects face the need to incorporate good moisture management solutions when designing and building structures to ward off problems such as mold, mildew or structural damage due to improper moisture management. Drainable housewraps address this need by incorporating both a water-resistive layer and a drainage gap, greatly facilitating water drainage from behind the exterior siding. Unlike standard housewraps, which provide only a water-resistive layer...

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Did you know our commercial grade housewrap, FlatWrap HP, is available in a convenient 16 inch roll? FlatWrap HP 16 offers the same great characteristics of the 5 ft version in an easy to handle roll. The advantage of the 16 in roll reduces the amount of waste on the job site because it eliminates the need to cut down larger rolls for use in rafter, gable, sill, and outside corner applications. With FlatWrap HP you get a premium tri-laminate housewrap that provides optimal strength while...

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The Tiny House movement has taken the nation by storm. Browse the listings of your favorite do-it-yourself channel or magazine and you are sure to come across something regarding the rapidly growing trend. Featuring sustainable building products and minimalist design, tiny houses exhibit how building better doesn’t necessarily mean building bigger. Vera Struck wanted to create a net-zero tiny house learning module exhibit as a model for living a sustainable tiny lifestyle. Called the...

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One of our most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between a rainscreen, drainable housewrap and a flat housewrap? The answer all comes down to the gap. A rainscreen like any from the Slicker family provides a ¼ in gap behind your cladding. A ¼ in gap is considered a “big gap” for drainage and drying performance. Drainable housewrap like HydroGap provides a 1 mm gap behind your cladding. The 1 mm gap is considered a “small gap” for drainage performance. And...

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We’ve told you about Slicker HP, now meet our new and improved Slicker MAX. Slicker MAX rainscreen (formerly Home Slicker Stone & Stucco) includes a filter fabric, providing enhanced UV and compression resistance. The fabric serves as the “sacrificial layer” in stone or stucco applications, preventing mortar from infiltrating the Slicker matrix and blocking drainage and drying capacity. With increased compression resistance, Slicker MAX isn’t just for stone and stucco. Slicker MAX...

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We’ve been hard at work developing our newest addition to the Slicker rainscreen family, Slicker HP. Slicker HP is the first all-in-one moisture management solution to feature a detachable rainscreen AND premium housewrap in a single application. The ability to detach the rainscreen from the housewrap without compromising water holdout simplifies installation and allows installers to use preferred flashing methods. Slicker HP is recommended for use with wood and fiber cement. A 25 year...

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It’s been a busy start to 2015 at Benjamin Obdyke! We’re excited to tell you about some recent changes and additions we’ve made to on our product lines. Our Home Slicker product line has changed to simply, Slicker. We now offer four options in the Slicker family of rainscreens: Slicker Classic, Slicker MAX, NEW! Slicker HP and Home Slicker Plus Typar. Slicker Classic – Formerly Home Slicker The original rolled rainscreen that provides a continuous space for drainage and...

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Chris and Jodi Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared, Inc. embarked on a journey over a year ago to preserve and retrofit an addition on a 188 year old home in Alabama. Once it was moved to its new location (yes the house was literally driven 3 miles), Chris and Jodi were tasked with making historic preservation and advanced energy efficiency complement each other by using modern methods and materials. The goal was to achieve a carefully detailed, uninterrupted boundary around the entire building shell...

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Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes recently featured Cedar Breather and Rapid Ridge 7 on a wood roof renovation project done on a historical house in Austin, Texas. The house, originally built in 1850 by architect Abner Cook, is one of the oldest homes in Austin. Prior to the renovation the house featured an asphalt shingle roof which was not fitting with the style of the home. Check out the video below to see Matt’s best practices and intricacies for installing a wood shingle roof. About...

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The Benjamin Obdyke team was jazzed to be in New Orleans this year for the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo. It was great to see other industry leaders, experts and professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. We enjoyed speaking with everyone about using Benjamin Obdyke products to build a more sustainable home by enhancing the building envelope’s durability and longevity. We even found a new product to tell you about in the video below! For more...

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Lots of housewrap manufacturers emphasize the importance of vapor permeability related to their products. Vapor permeability is an important characteristic in choosing a housewrap. If water vapor escapes the interior conditioned space or liquid water gets behind the housewrap from the exterior, the permeability of the housewrap protects the sheathing. It allows for water vapor to escape through the exterior of the housewrap. But what does Vapor Permeability mean? Permeability measures the...

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The main purpose of attic ventilation is to rid the attic of moisture. If moist air remains in the attic it can degrade the roof structure and contribute to moisture issues. Additionally, attic ventilation can help remove hot air in the summer and maintain cooler roof deck temperatures in the winter; which helps to control ice damming. A well-insulated and well ventilated attic is essential to energy efficiency. It seems counter-intuitive to insulate the attic and then cut holes, allowing air...

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Scott Wells, a THISisCarpentry contributor, recently installed HydroGap Drainable Housewrap on one of his customer’s homes. With the new code requirement in Oregon to have a 75% drainage rate in your wall assembly, he’s started seeing new drain wrap products in his market. He chose to use HydroGap because of the 1mm spacers that create a drainage gap, eliminating moisture from the wall. Also, being a 5 foot wide roll, it’s easy to install with just one person. Check out how Scott...

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As more states adopt the IECC 2012 standards, we’ve received an increased amount of questions related to the use of Obdyke’s moisture management solutions in these applications. Check out the video below to understand how Home Slicker and HydroGap can be installed in a wall with exterior rigid foam. <p>

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Benjamin Obdyke is proud to sponsor the first ever AIA CES Approved event presented by Katz Roadshow. Don’t miss this free event exclusively for architects. Hamilton Building Supply will host a hands-on Better Building Clinic from the Katz Roadshow. This all-day event will feature presentations by Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, carpentry specialists and nationally recognized authors and teachers. The event is AIA CES Approved. AIA members will receive 5.0 LU hours, 3.0 LU/HSW hours....

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We traveled back to Massachusetts and the Westford Symposium on Building Science, as hosted by Building Science Corporation and Dr. Joe Lstiburek. This was the 18th year for the conference and as we heard from many of the original participants, the attendance landscape has changed vastly from days of an elite few building scientists discussing the minutia of building science, to today including Architects, Builders, HVAC, Plumbing and Structural Engineers, Green Building Consultants and the...

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We asked and you answered! Here at Benjamin Obdyke, our goal is to help you Build Better and because of that we asked you to share your projects with us. We received photos of our products being used all over the country on garages, multi-family units and even a restored historic home! HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap on Brandywine Senior Living Facility in Haddonfield, New Jersey by Ran Interiors/Ehrett Construction Home Slicker® Rainscreen on La Residence in Napa, California by...

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Aug 7
2014

We Love Roofers

Forget Shark Week, that’s only seven days! August is now #SharkMonth at Benjamin Obdyke and we’re dedicating a whole month to Shark Vent! We’re celebrating with shameless plugs, over-used catch phrases and of course ingenious promo items! So join us as we jump on the shark band wagon in August because this is the best month to buy Shark Vent Ridge Vent. Why you ask? We’ve included a free “Roofer Remedy Kit” inside every roll of Shark Vent. The “Roofer Remedy Kit” is...

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Here at Benjamin Obdyke we are committed to providing educational resources to help you “Build Better”. In keeping with that philosophy, we are proud to announce that we are offering an AIA Approved CEU live webinar focused on moisture-managed wall systems. The course Drainage & Drying in the Exterior Wall will be presented by George Caruso, Product Development Manager, on July 15th at 1 p.m. Attendees will earn one health, safety and welfare credit for their completion of the course...

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Jul 9
2014

Doing More Matters

Why doing more than just the minimum matters. All too often we hear in the field, “If it meets code, it’s fine,” or “I don’t see the value in paying a premium for something inside the walls,” or even “the cladding is water tight, I’ll never have a problem, the housewrap doesn’t matter.” As you know, a water resistive barrier is more than just a water barrier; it helps to maintain the structural integrity of the wall. If it fails, the entire wall fails. Surfactants, or...

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It’s been a busy year here at Benjamin Obdyke! We’ve been hard at work designing and revitalizing new products to help you Build Better. We are pleased to introduce a new housewrap available, FlatWrap® HP, and our new sill solution, HydroCorner™. We’ve also improved a couple of our products you already know and love. HydroFlash® self-adhered flashing is now offered in a 12” roll and our HydroTape® is now slightly flexible so that it conforms around the 1mm spacers of HydroGap®...

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To provide customers with an enhanced option for premium housewrap that has optimal strength while protecting the water resistant film layer, Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, introduced its new FlatWrap® HP Housewrap. A commercial-grade tri-laminate solution, FlatWrap HP delivers enhanced UV and tear resistance along with easier installation. FlatWrap HP features a range of performance...

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Green Builder asked and you answered! Our HydroGap drainable housewrap was voted as one of this year’s top green building wraps! Thank you to all of our loyal customers who recognize our products help you Build Better. Source: GreenBuilder, March 2014

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Carl Seville, A well-respected building scientist discusses why he uses Home Slicker in conjunction with the Huber Zip System in this article. Source: Remodeling: Three Good and (Sometimes) Green Products

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The Obdyke team returned to the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas last week. We were anxious to attend to unveil our latest and greatest ridge vent solution, Shark Vent (and escape the freezing temps and snow!!). The show (and the weather) did not dissapoint. You could feel the energy and excitement of the show as soon as you walked onto the expo floor. We spoke to contractors, distributors, and architects from all over the US & Canada - the consensus was that the industry is...

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Michael Anschel, CEO of Verified Green and Carl Seville, owner of Seville Consulting are the Green Police at GreenBuild. In this series they scoured the exhibit floor at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on the hunt for products you can truly call “green”. Carl and Michael discuss the importance of weatherizing structures and search to find their favorite ventilated rain screens. In this video, they check out HydroGap Drainable Housewrap and HomeSlicker Rainscreen...

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Located in Western Canada, in the province of Alberta, is the city of Calgary. Known for its extreme weather patterns, Calgary endures hot summers and cold winters, rain and thunderstorm in bulk masses and occasionally—but not exceptionally —damaging hailstorms. Within the city lies the luxury retirement community of Aspen Woods, owned by Amica™, Canada’s most innovative operator of seniors’ retirement residences. As the first Amica residences in Calgary, Amica at Aspen Woods...

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HORSHAM, Pa. – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and light-commercial construction markets, today announced the formation of the company’s Innovation Council 2013. Comprised of builders, contractors, designers and architects representing a variety of states and climates, the Innovation Council maintains a dialogue with Benjamin Obdyke about best practices, innovative building solutions, and current needs in the construction...

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When Scott Campbell of Maine Mountain Post & Beam builds something, he does it with careful forethought and intense preparation. From repairing and reassembling antique barns to custom cutting a new timber frame, each building has it’s unique needs to consider. So when he finally decided to put up a timber frame for himself as a shop he made sure to research each and every aspect of the building. Located in the western mountains of Maine, weather is always an issue. Scott was sure he...

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HORSHAM, Pa. (May 15, 2013) – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today announced that the company’s Home Slicker® Rainscreen and Blockade™ Mortar Deflection System products are being featured in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S. Designed by LG Squared, Inc. Residential Design of Atlanta and located just south of the city in...

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Nestled in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island is a small beachfront community called Weekapaug. A lesser-known New England gem, Weekapaug, which is a Native American word meaning “end of pond,” has many private roads running through it, large saltwater ponds and is open to the Atlantic Ocean. For more than 100 years, summer cottages have decorated the areas landscape and today the area boasts some of the most beautiful residences in New England. One such home, the Kelly residence, is...

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Gary Katz, of Katz RoadShow builds with Benjamin Obdyke’s HomeSlicker,to create a rainscreen wall system. As an experienced carpenter, he explains the importance of an air gap behind trim and siding to promote evaporation and air circulation. By creating a drainage plane moisture can dry quickly, preventing mold and rot. <p>

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Product Backed by a 15-Year Product and Labor Limited Warranty When Used With Company’s HydroGap® Drainable Housewrap HORSHAM, Pa. (January 28, 2013) – Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, a leading provider of roof and wall products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today introduces its new HydroFlash™ Self-Adhered Flashing, developed to deliver superior adhesion and temperature application and effectively meet the needs of installers. Effective January 15, Benjamin...

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by Tara Murray, Marketing Manager at Benjamin Obdyke Here are 10 reasons NOT to tape HydroGap’s seams. While we certainly believe that you shouldn’t have to tape the seams, some manufacturers of housewrap require it. To this point, make sure to do your homework! Annnd here we go: 1. Elimination of seam tape allows for unrestricted drainage path (no reverse flashing). 2. Drainage space provides path of least resistance down and out of the wall system – moisture won’t migrate laterally at...

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by Sean O’Neill, Marketing Coordinator at Benjamin Obdyke House wrap. How do you choose the right house wrap when there are so many product specs to consider? What does “perms” mean? Why should any of us care? Perforated vs. non-perforated? Spare me, you say! Some of us just want to know what housewrap is the right housewrap for our projects, and a little bit about “why.” So, with that said, where do we begin? Without further ado, here are the top 4 factors you should always...

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Green has certainly gotten a bad taste in people’s mouths over the last few years. Whether it is consumer packaging or the construction industry, an unpolished green-washing has lingered over many parts of many industries; however, it does not need to be that way. The term Green literally comes with many definitions, but one stands out with particular precedence: “made with little environmental harm and produced in an environmentally and ecologically friendly way, e.g. by using renewable...

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Following up from our recent talks about unique applications of Benjamin Obdyke products; check out these two high-profile applications in which the builders decided to Build Better® with products from Benjamin Obdyke in untraditional ways. Cougar Vent® – Not Your Ordinary Ridge Vent! The Journal of Light Construction recently featured a builder with a cutting edge mindset who was looking for unique was to improve his building design—so how did he achieve this when designing his...

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Home Slicker And Cedar Breather Fans: We Want You! Build BetterTM isn’t just a philosophy at Benjamin Obdyke—it is a way of life. We develop, support and offer products for our fans that will help them. And we immerse ourselves in the understanding of their many uses. Two of more popular product lines have served a multitude of functions both relevant to the building industry and not. These products, Cedar Breather® and Home Slicker®, are known by many names—wall breather, vent mats,...

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New Roof Ridge Vent From Benjamin Obdyke In response to demand by roofing contractors and building supply distributors, Benjamin Obdyke has introduced a new lightweight, classic-style roof ridge vent called Cougar™ Ridge Vent. Benjamin Obdyke, the company which introduced the first rolled ridge vent product to the construction market, introduces Cougar™ Ridge Vent, a lightweight, classic-style roof ridge vent without fabric that promotes attic ventilation and optimizes the life,...

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What Is Green Building And How Can A Person Build A Green Home? In essence, part of green building – or sustainable building – means using materials in such a way that people can live well without harm to the environment. Building a green home may include using reclaimed, rapidly renewable, and widely abundant building materials. Using Reclaimed Materials Go green by using reclaimed materials. Not only can decorative items and furniture be reclaimed, but there is a huge demand for...

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*Please Note: Hydrofilament was replaced by the new Hydrogap Product January 2012. For information on this product, please visit http://www.hydrogap.com Drains 80% Faster Than Next Best-Performing Enhanced Housewrap. Hydrofilament® Drainable Housewrap by Benjamin Obdyke – the fastest-draining housewrap available on the market today – was named among the 100 Best New Products in 2009 by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines in their annual list of the most significant...

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Philadelphia-Area Builder Sees Rainscreen Wall Construction As Solution. Imagine the shock a homeowner experiences when he or she discovers that the new, multi-million-dollar home they purchased less than 10 years ago is riddled with damage caused by water intrusion behind the stucco or manufactured stone exterior. More and more such homes built just a short time ago – using the best building practices known at the time – are experiencing problems with moisture trapped behind the exterior...

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Developer Goes ‘Extra Mile’ With Addition Of Rainscreen System To Home. Chad Ludeman, founder of the development company Postgreen, has achieved his goal of building a new, LEED Platinum home in Philadelphia for only $100,000 by keeping the design basic and the building technologies green. A key green aspect of the design that will contribute to the home’s sustainability is an exterior wall assembly that includes structured insulated panels (SIPs), fiber cement siding, and a vented...

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Ridge Vent System Stands Up To Rigorous Testing Procedures. Xtractor Vent® XLP Turbo, an externally baffled rolled ridge vent available from Benjamin Obdyke Incorporated, has recently received a Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance, stating that Xtractor Vent XLP Turbo complies with the high velocity hurricane zone of the Florida Building Code. In addition, the product has received the Florida Building Code Product Approval recognizing the use of Xtractor Vent XLP Turbo in the state of...

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